Security Policy Studies M.A. Program
Security Policy Studies (SPS) is a policy-oriented master's degree program focusing on international security issues, with a particular emphasis on the security challenges for the 21st century and how to respond to them. These challenges include but are not limited to: weapons of mass destruction proliferation, transnational threats, terrorism, changing regional power dynamics, weak and failing states, international crime, effectively linking security and development, and ensuring U.S. national security.
The curriculum provides strong grounding in the national security and defense policy-making process. Students choose two specific concentrations — which can range from transnational security issues to conflict resolution to defense analysis. Students also have the option of emphasizing a particular region, such as East Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America, by selecting a regional field as one of their two concentrations.
The program's faculty includes internationally recognized authorities in international security, defense policy, foreign policy, the national security policy process, and regional and transnational security issues. Through its academic and professional skills development courses this program can open doors to future employment in the security policy institutions of the federal government, in the private sector, in international organizations such as NATO, and in the many think tanks and non-profit institutions engaged in security policy work.
In the News
Prof. Marc Lynch analyzes the implementation of President Obama's Middle East strategic vision.
Lynch, Marc. "Obama and the Middle East." Foreign Affairs. Web. 18 Aug. 2015. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/middle-east/obama-and-middle-east.
Elliott School faculty Henry Farrell and Marc Lynch offer analysis on the Iran nuclear agreement in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog posts “The Iran deal reflects the U.S.’s overwhelming power over the world’s financial system” and “Can the Iran deal be a new Camp David?”.
Stephen Biddle discusses the Taliban, the Afghan National army, and the fate of Afghanistan on NPR's “Talk of the Nation.”
Nathan Brown, professor of political science and international affairs, co-authored a piece on the history of centralized Islamic religious authority on ForeignAffairs.com.